Obituaries for March 7, 2012

By Baker City Herald March 07, 2012 09:51 am

Donald Hindman

Donald A. Hindman, 97, of La Grande, a former Durkee resident, died March 2, 2012, at a La Grande care center.

At his request, there will be no service.

Don was born at the family’s old Durkee ranch house on Oct. 21, 1914. He was the youngest of 10 children. He owned a farm at Durkee for several years. 

He was hired as a locomotive fireman on the Union Pacific Railroad and promoted to engineer at La Grande. Don married his childhood sweetheart, Ida Gerry, in 1938. The couple raised seven children.

“He was a very honest and generous man who believed that a handshake was a good as his word,” family members said. 

Survivors include his children, Jack Hindman and his wife, Mercy, Sue Wirth and her husband, Elwood, Patty Hindman, Judy Van Dyke and her husband, Chuck, Shirley Bloomer, Toni Alford and her husband, Joe, and Steve Hindman; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida, who died in 1990.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.


Walter Jeffords

Walter Jeffords, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 7, 2011, at McMinnville. 

A private memorial service will be scheduled later.

Walter went to school at Richland. He worked in the lumber mills loading box cars. He was married to Dorothy Tucker on april 19, 1940, at Weiser, Idaho. 

Walter and Dorothy spent most of their married lives at Baker City. They celebrated 70 years of marriage together.

Walter loved to fish, especially in the streams and reserviors of Eastern Oregon, traveling in their RV, visiting friends and family, and spending precious time with Dorothy.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Leanna Jeffords and Len Smith of Carlton, Elaine and Wes Carpenter of Midvale, Idaho; and his son, Robert Jeffords of Prineville.


Myrtle Petersen

Myrtle Graven Petersen died March 5, 2012, 10 days after celebrating her 101st birthday.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Richland Methodist Church. Interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland and there will be a reception at the New Bridge Grange Hall. 

Myrtle was an inspiration on how to live life each day to the fullest, her family members said. She had a delightful sense of humor, quietly shared her wisdom and was always so genuinely glad to spend time with her family and friends. Until recently, she walked about a mile each day in the halls of her home at Meadowbrook Place in Baker City, where she was active in most of the activities, including bean bag baseball, exercise class, spelling bees and occasional shopping trips.

During her growing up years, Myrtle attended school and spent summers working around Eagle Valley at various jobs, including helping her dad on his farm. She moved to Portland to support the war effort working as a supervisor for the housing authority. For years, Myrtle owned and operated a ceramic shop in Portland, and later a smaller shop in Richland.

Of the work she did throughout her life, ceramics was her favorite. After retirement, Myrtle traveled extensively RVing with her husband, Grant. About 12 years ago, the Petersens settled in Richland. Myrtle’s family has always been of the utmost importance to her, and when she no longer traveled to see them, she kept in daily touch with phone calls and email.

Myrtle was born on Feb. 25, 1911, at New Bridge.

Survivors include her son, John Daniels, of Virginia Beach, Va., and son and daughter-n-law, Larry and Rosie Daniels of Richland, Oregon; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harmon Scott of Spokane, Washington; her sister-in-law, Mary Graven, and her sister-in-law, Isla Graven, both of Richland, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Petersen; her parents, Cora and Cecil Graven; her sisters, Hazel Connall and Vernita Gillmore, and her brothers, Drake, Edgar and Loran Graven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Bridge Grange or the Eagle Valley Cemetery through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Delbert Gossett

Delbert Gossett, 89, of Baker City died March 4, 2012, at his home with his family by his side. 

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church fellowship hall. Military honors will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Delbert was on born on Aug. 30, 1922, at Durkee to Conn and Isabelle Sullivan Gossett. He was a 1940 Baker High School graduate. In February of 1969 he was married, by Judge Lloyd Rea in the Gossett home, to Phyllis Heinke. They were married for 43 years.

Delbert worked as a tree faller and as a railroad signalman. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was discharged in 1946. He went on to farm at North Powder and he worked for Builder’s Supply for 26 years. He then went to work for Johnson Homes before retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; his children, Roger Gossett and his wife, Loretta, Carolyn Goodman, Galen Gossett, and Renee Green and her husband, Mike; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Vivian Gossett and Margaret Geils.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice or the Nazarene Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Sister Ellen Glynn

ASTON, Pa. — Sister Ellen Glynn, OSF (formerly Sister Emmanuel Mary), 94, died March 5, 2012, in St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, Wash. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 75 years.

All services will be at Tacoma, Wash. The vigil will be today at 6 p.m. at St. Ann Convent, 6602 S. Alaska St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Sister Ellen was born in Corofin, Curry County, Galway, Ireland, and was one of 12 children, six girls and six boys. In 1934, at the age of 17, she entered the congregation. She professed her first vows in 1937. Two of her sisters also became Sisters of St. Francis: Sister Philomena Rosaire and Teresa Helene, both deceased.

Sister Ellen earned a Bachelor of Art degree in education from Holy Names College at Spokane, Wash., and a Master of Art degree in social science from Eastern Oregon College in La Grande. She ministered in education, social services, and prayer ministry.

Sister Ellen ministered in the Diocese of Portland for 28 years. She served at both Blessed Sacrament School in Portland (1971-1974) and St. James School in McMinnville (1974-1980). Sister Ellen volunteered at the Northwest Pilot Project from 1980-1999 as a visitor and friend to hundreds of downtown seniors. During that time she was also involved in advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels; doing social work in Bethany (1984-1987) and working out of OLA Convent in Portland (1987-1999). In 1990, she received a Presidential Award at a White House ceremony, for the Northwest Pilot Project’s Access to the Art Program.

Sister Ellen’s 20 years of service in the Diocese of Seattle included serving at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma (1936-1938) and teaching at St. Leo School in Tacoma (1956-1962, 1968-1969). She moved to St. Ann Covent in Tacoma in 1999 where she ministered in prayer ministry until her death.

Sister Ellen ministered in the Diocese of Baker for seven years. From 1938-1939 she served in the CCD office for the Baker diocese. She taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls (1962-1963) and St. Francis Academy in Baker City (1963-1967). She also served one year at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City (1967-1968).

Additional ministry included teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in San Diego (1947-1950); St. Edward School in Corona, Calif. (1953-1955); St. John School, Wasco, Calif. (1950-1953).

She also ministered for one year at St. Ann Home (1969-1971) and was a student at St. Joseph Academy (1955-1956) in Spokane.

Sister Ellen spent eight years on the East Coast. She spent two years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the Shrine of the Little Flower School (1939-1941). She also spent six years in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, Md. (1941-1947).

Survivors include a sister, Teresa Powers; two brothers, Michael and Martin Glynn; and nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston PA 19014.


Russell Bratcher

Russell Duane Bratcher, 72, of Baker City, died March 2, 2012.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. There will be a reception afterward in the Church Fellowship Hall.

 Russell was born on Sept. 20, 1939, at Kalispell, Mont.

He had three sisters and three brothers. He moved to Oregon and graduated from Ontario High School. On June 24, 1960, Russell married the love of his life, Gloria Allen.

 Russell started cutting meat for Albertsons at Ontario in 1961, then moved to Baker City as the meat department manager in 1967. He opened his own custom meat shop, Russell’s Custom Meats, in 1976. In 1988 Russell and Gloria moved to John Day and opened a new meat shop. He ran that for 12 years before selling it to his daughter and son-in-law and moving back to Baker City.

Russell served on the City Council at Canyon City for six years, including four years as mayor. He has been a member of the Elks for 43 years and a member of the Baker City Lions Club for more than 16 years.

Russell loved the outdoors. He liked to hunt, fish and camp. The last 18 years, he had been fortunate enough to travel and camp with Gloria, and thoroughly enjoy his retirement. He especially enjoyed a couple of months on the Oregon Coast salmon fishing with family and friends each fall.

“Russell was a great husband, grandpa, friend and the best dad ever,” family members said.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers and a baby boy.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gloria Bratcher; two sons, Kerry Bratcher of Baker City and Jay Bratcher of Panama; one daughter, Jana Woodcock and husband, Del, of Baker City; three sisters, Jenette Freeman and her husband, Rex, Irene Sanders and Norma Greene and her husband, Jim; one brother, Larry Bratcher; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Sight & Hearing Fund, the Brethren Disaster Ministries or the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Pearl Barber

Pearl Olive Barber, 88, a former Baker City resident, died March 2, 2012, at Eugene.

There will be a private family service in May at the Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923, at Lancaster, Ohio, and moved from the family farm to Southern California in 1932. Her parents were Lorin E. and Viola L. Bookman Smith.

Moving around the United States as a military family, she and her husband, William W. “Bill” Barber, settled at Baker City in 2001, in their retirement years. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, family members said. 

“We will always remember her and hold her dear in our hearts,” they said. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her son, William M. Barber, who died at the age of 23. 

Survivors include her children, Marcy Timberman (Gene Wertz), Larry Barber (Christine), Paul Barber, and Heidi Hull (Vern); her grandchildren Linda Noteboom and Willie King, Rachel Bata (Rick); Jesse, Jordan, and Leah Barber, and Shannon, Elizabeth, and David Hull; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Community Literacy Coalition (BCCLC) for the “Read Everyday And Learn” Program.


‘Dick’ Hull

Richard Kingsley “Dick” Hull, 75, died March 6, 2012, at Meadowbrook Place.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Richard was born on June 2, 1936, at Baker City to Howard and Lillian Hull. He spent his life here working in construction and farming for many years for Ward Ranches. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and whatever that might bring.

Survivors include two sons, Howard, and his wife, Jeanette, and Nathan and his wife, Glenda; two daughters, Michelle  Hull of Baker City and Cheryl Sundin and her husband, Tim, of Pendleton; a sister, Robin, of Union; a brother, Don, of Salem; many grandchildren, who he loved and was very proud of; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lillian Hull; a son, Dicky; and sisters, Grace, Barbara, Eleanor, Shirley and Carol; and brothers, Art Delmar, Harold and Jim.